Guild Learning and Development is partnering with Care Pharmaceuticals in the development of a QCPP Refresher Training approved course on the management of sinus symptoms
The course focuses on using intranasal corticosteroids and saline irrigation products.
It is estimated that 1.9 million Australians suffer from chronic sinusitis and that 3.7 million suffer from allergic rhinitis.
Given these numbers it is likely that pharmacy assistants will encounter customers seeking relief from sinusitis and allergic rhinitis every day of the week, the Guild says.
Head of Guild Learning and Development, Sue Bond, says sinusitis and hayfever can have a negative impact on a customer’s quality of life and can also affect society more broadly through increased spending on healthcare and a loss of productivity due to time off work.
“Pharmacy assistants can use the information provided in this course to assist customers with this health condition and help them to manage the annoying symptoms,” Ms Bond says.
The course describes how the sinonasal cavity helps protect against sinus infection and allergic rhinitis and how the actions of both saline nasal irrigation and intranasal corticosteroid nasal sprays can assist customers seeking relief from these conditions.
The online course also provides pharmacy assistants with advice on how to apply the Ask, Assess, Advise protocol and information on when customers should be referred to their pharmacist.
This course has been approved for 45 minutes of QCPP Refresher Training and will help pharmacy assistants complete their three hours of QCPP Refresher Training requirement.
Guild Learning and Development has thanked Care Pharmaceuticals for its support and input of expertise in the development of this course.